Foundation Course in Acting and Performance (HNC)
Course accredited by the SQA and recognised by the CDMT
Qualification awarded by The MGA Academy of Performing Arts (HNC)
Duration 1 year (4 or 5 days a week)
Scheduled teaching per week 20 hours average per week
The MGA one-year foundation course in Acting offers a pre-vocational year designed to prepare you for the demands of professional, full-time training and provides you with the skills required to audition successfully for the country’s leading Drama institutions.
It is directed at those students who intend pursuing a vocational training but who either don’t quite yet have the skills required to audition successfully, or who do not have the required academic qualifications to start a Bachelor of Arts qualification.
The course is designed to thoroughly prepare you for the process of auditioning and the rigours of taking up a three-year place at a Drama school, expanding your skill set and enabling you to realise your full potential in your future training.
MGA Foundation Students have gone on to study at, amongst others, the American Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Arts Educational Schools, Bird College, Guildford School of Acting, Laine Theatre Arts, Mountview Academy, Performers College, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama – and, of course, The MGA Academy of Performing Arts.
The Foundation schedule runs for one whole academic year over three full-time terms of training and an HNC qualification is awarded to those who successfully complete all the required modules.
The course is technique orientated, giving you a solid foundation in the key discipline of Acting that can then be built upon in future studies.
Specialist classes and training workshops include:
- Acting 1: Developing Skills
- Acting Methods and Practitioners
- Movement: Developing Skills
- Production: Developing Skills
- Singing for the Actor
- Voice Technique
- Audition and Performance for Acting
- Personal Development
MGA’s unique focus on audition technique and professional development will ensure that students are best placed to gain entry into any of the UK’s distinguished drama schools.
Though MGA has an excellent track record, given the nature and level of competition for Drama School places, we cannot guarantee that foundation students will be accepted at their chosen full-time provider and successful completion of the MGA foundation course does not automatically mean that students will progress onto MGA’s own three-year programmes.
Entry onto all our courses is by online registration. You will be contacted within two weeks of receipt of your audition submission.
You must be a UK citizen to apply for MGA’s professional full-time training courses and be able to provide proof. MGA is able to accept applications from outside of the UK if a candidate has applied successfully for Settled or Pre-Settled Status. All relevant information regarding our audition requirements will be sent out on receipt of a valid ascertificate. (More information on EU Settlement Scheme.) Please read the information on fees and funding here before completing the application form.
Fees, finance and funding
For more information on tuition fees and available funding visit our Fees and funding page.